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on November 11, 2014
For homeschooling, I like Towns' weekly scripture readings to go with one chapter per 52 weeks in a year. But now I have buyers remorse since I read the comments below about some of Elmer Towns' emergent church movement associations. But hey, it was only $5 used.

The ultimate concise alternative is "The Moody Handbook of Theology" by Paul P Enns, 2014. It is one of my most used Bible reference works. He covers every kind of theology and has many helpful charts. Multiple viewpoints are considered and compared with Scripture. Many interesting topics are covered like divorce and remarriage, lordship salvation and the emergent church. For further research, see Enns' book recommendations at the end of each chapter. It includes a good glossary and indexes for people, topics and Scriptures. The kindle version includes the Moody Bible Commentary on Romans.

Comments from Rapture Ready Forum:

5/16/2010: Is Elmer L. Towns a good author?

"I think in his theology he is dispensationalist and a free grace believer (pre-trib and he supports eternal security), but a lot of his theology is also based on secular sociology instead of the Bible. One thing that I found alarming in hindsight was that he was a very early reporter of the seeker sensitive church movement by Bill Hybels and the Purpose Driven Churches by Rick Warren in "Worship Wars". I think he mistakenly believed Hybels and Warren faithfully teach the gospel. Although to be fair to Towns, many other Christians would have believed that as well at the time (mid 1990s - "Worship Wars" was released in 1996) and I'm not sure if Towns has revised his opinions on Warren and Hybels 15 years on."

"Hmmm...well, I did a bit of reading and it sounds like he was very interested in church growth but was a stickler for fundamental bible teaching...so much so that he couldn't finish his Ph.D. at Garrett Theological Seminary because of it's theological liberalism. So far it sounds like he was very much into church growth for Christ and Warren used some of his studies and perhaps as you said at the time was not aware of how far Warren was going with his own agenda."

"He wrote a book [Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church] with Ed Stetzer in 2004. Stetzer is on Mark Driscoll's Acts 29 Network board. Interesting quote from a review of the book: The authors remind us that “we have a preference when God does not” in certain areas of church life, worship styles for example. They call for a rethinking of the ramifications of ‘evangelical headhunters’ trying to convert post-moderns. [source verified: christianbookpreviews 0802415008] That gives me the impression that Stetzer and Towns view critics of the emergent movement as "headhunters" rather than "discerners.""
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on September 6, 2012
Towns has done a beautiful job of taking a difficult subject, theology, and turning it into a theology for dummies kind of book, no offense. I have had to read numerous theology books for my bachelor in religion and MDiv in theology, and it is no treat having to wrap your mind around what every scholar has said since Clement of Rome (110 C.E.), on a subject matter and then get the author's final analysis, or get it along the way. By the time you are done, you are more confused than when you started. That is not this book, it just gives you the facts, in a very simplified manner.
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on November 22, 2011
Dr. Towns was my theology professor at Liberty University. Anything that he writes is always top notch as far as I am concerned. This book is no exception. While not as thorough as his other theology books, this more than adequately presents the basics of Christian theology. I recommend it to everyone considering going into the ministry.
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on May 30, 2015
Very helpful.
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on November 24, 2013
It clearly states Bible doctrine. Not exhaustive, but what it does cover is right. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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on August 19, 2014
Excellent book for doing some basic study of Bible Doctrines. Highly recommended!
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on March 13, 2015
Part of a very instructional and concise biblical series.
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on November 12, 2012
Received on time from seller. Book is pretty thorough and is filled with good solid biblical information. Taking a class on bible basic doctrine and this book is an invaluable tool.
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on August 6, 2015
GREAT BOOK. GREAT AID IN TEACHING SUNDAY SCHOOL!
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on September 3, 2010
This book is required for Dr. Towns' Theology 202 class, but it is still a very intriguing book. It touches on many popular subjects of theological debate.
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